June 14, 2016


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A Donald Duck Vase and A Color Darker Than Black
CEO and Founder of ART Communication + Brand Consultancy, Berlin and New York

If we could only use one word to describe Anna Rosa Thomae, that should be superwoman! Having completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arts in London and her Master’s in ‘Modern and Contemporary Art and the Art Market’ at Christie’s in New York, Thomae has garnered anomalous yet extraordinary insight into developing public relations campaigns and brand identities that swim against the streams. As CEO and Founder of A R T Communication + Brand Consultancy (A R T is an acronym for Anna Rosa Thomae), commuting between two thriving art cities – Berlin and New York – Thomae has helped excellent big names, such as Paul Kasmin Gallery, Lobmeyr, Daniel Libeskind, and Hugo Boss develop global cultural projects.

In this Style Talk, we chatted with Thomae about discovering a color darker than black, a white porcelain Donald Duck vase, and Rolf Sachs.

Anna Rosa Thomae

My ideal working outfit looks like…
Comfortable chic. I combine Helmut Lang classics with fun jackets, from leather pieces to long flowery kimonos. The New Yorker in me likes to wear a lot of black. Someone once said, “I’ll stop wearing black when they create a darker color,” and I can absolutely identify with that.

Heels or flats… Which brand or style…
Both!!! I like the idea that shoes can spice up an outfit. I don’t have one particular brand, but if I had to name a few favorites, definitely: Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Nike. Though I definitely can’t travel without my old no-name black ballerinas that I bought in Paris a while back.

My favourite art-related blog/app is…
I read various art, design, and architecture blogs everyday, as it is part of my job to be in the loop. I like NOWNESS, particularly the artist studio visits video series. When it comes to museum or gallery exhibitions, I like to consult my clients, such as Paul Kasmin and also my friends in the art world, often better than any blog.

The last thing I bought and loved was…
Flowers upon returning back home after lots of travel.  There is a beautiful market around the corner from my house in Berlin, where they sell fresh cut flowers from the countryside.

Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
I bought a white porcelain Donald Duck vase at the Rob Pruitt Flea Market at the Brant Foundation in 2015. It is quite ridiculous and sits on my kitchen shelf.

My necessary extravagance is…
Me-time.

Anna Rosa Thomae

Three things/products I always need to have in my purse…
A cashmere scarf, my red lipstick, and my bright yellow Smythson leather calendar. I like the idea of noting down my appointments in the old-fashioned way… and still know where to go when my phone dies.

My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours…
After a long day, I use the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil and Eye cream, as well as the Superbly Restorative Argan Oil. It is like a spa experience at home!

My favourite merge of the art- and fashion world…
1. The VIP Previews of major International Art Fairs; 2. Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Shows; 3. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The current exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” on view through August 14 is fantastic.

In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
There is always something new to discover, but classics like a captivating and unsettling Egon Schiele drawing never get old. Also it is fascinating to see the increasing interlink of art, design, and architecture.

Art makes me…
Happy, contemplative, and intellectually stimulated. I recently visited the Sigmar Polke exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and felt so incredibly lucky and grateful to be able to work in an industry that consists of so much beauty and intellectual discourse; that is what excites me everyday.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally…
Travel and my friends.

The most arty city is…
Berlin!

The perfect art-world gentlemen is…
Rolf Sachs.

Artist(s) we should have on our watchlist is/are…
I like the work by Marguerite Humeau. Cuevas Tilleard Projects, a New York based gallery, it regularly shows emerging female artists based in New York – watch this space.

Instagram: @annarosathomae

Website: www.annarosathomae.com

Photos by David X Prutting